PASADENA, California – Martinique’s thoughts in this 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup have shifted to Wednesday’s pivotal clash with Cuba in Group A.
Head Coach Mario Bocaly, whose team was defeated 4-0 by Canada in its opening match on Saturday, says that a strong response will be needed against the Cubans on Wednesday in Denver, Colorado.
“Before this game I expected a lot, but now after this game we must set new objectives,” said Bocaly in his post-match press conference. “We have to play the next two games with a lot of strength. In the next game versus Cuba we have to have a strong reaction.”
Martinique certainly gave the Canadians defense a lot to think about in Saturday’s opener. Les Matinino created a handful of chances and came achingly close to pulling level right before halftime.
For Bocaly, the lack of finishing proved to be the main difference.
“We had three, four, five chances and we were not able to finish those chances and that made it difficult for us because Canada created six chances and scored four goals. That was the difference,” said Bocaly.
Bocaly also acknowledged that Canada’s well-organized and solid midfield made it difficult for his team to break down Canada in the second half.
“Canada was a stronger team than Martinique. Canada was stronger technically especially in the midfield and Martinique was not able to disrupt their organization, but we have to remember that we had chances and now we have to take advantage of those,” concluded Bocaly.